Board of Directors


Carole Crosby














In addition to Sarasota, I have been active in Alliance Française chapters in Chicago and suburban Detroit, as well as serving as the president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises, U.S.A., Inc.  I have a passion for France,  things French, including the French language, which I attempt to speak, and francophone culture, which I continue to study.

Vice President &
Corporate Secretary

Stan Valerga


Stanislaus RP “Stan” Valerga is a retired U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer who spent much of his career in Francophone countries.  He has been a Sarasota resident off and on since 1991 and a AFS member since 2010.
“I am an unabashed francophile especially ‘à table’ and go to France at least  once every two years.  The attachment is me having a laugh with then PM Jacques Chirac in Lyon in about 1988.”

Chair -

Eliane De Pues-Levaque


Chair – Education Committee

Jocelyn Van Tuyl


Jocelyn Van Tuyl is Professor of French Language and Literature at New College of Florida, the state’s public liberal arts honors college.  Dr. Van Tuyl earned her Ph.D. in French at Yale University.  A specialist in the works of Nobel Laureate André Gide, Dr. Van Tuyl co-chairs the North American Association Gide and is the author of André Gide and the Second World War: A Novelist’s Occupation.

Chair – Events Committee

Isabelle Striplin

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Isabelle began her financial services career in 1990 with the largest Financial Institution in Quebec, Canada – Desjardins Credit Unions. Over the 10 years she worked for Desjardins, her role evolved from being a Financial Planner focusing on Wealth Management for high net worth individuals and large corporations to an Executive Level position where she was in charge of 20 branches, overseeing hundreds of Financial Planners, sales growth, marketing, compliance, and underwriting activities.  In the beginning of 2000, an opportunity presented itself where she moved to New Zealand to take over one of the most challenging role as VP Risk Management and Performance Review at New Zealand Association of Credit Unions. After succeeding the completion of the restructuring of 88 Financial Entities with NZACU, she decided to move back to America to be closer to her family. Her next destination was Sarasota.  In September of 2002, she took the role of Private Client Services and built her business by providing full services in lending and wealth management to high net worth individuals, institutional and corporate entities both in the US and internationally.   In June of 2013, Isabelle has come full circle in her career by joining Morgan Stanley as  a Financial Advisor.  Morgan Stanley serves many of the world’s most sophisticated investors, and is one of the nation’s leading managers of personal wealth. She brings 24 years of experience with the unique challenges, styles and strategies that distinguish wealthy investors. She will work with you to help you preserve and grow your wealth, relying on the insights of seasoned investment professionals, a premier trading and execution platform and a full spectrum of investment choices.  Isabelle graduated in 1990 from the University of Quebec in Montreal with a BS in Accounting and obtained her MS in Finance in 1998. She currently holds the Series 7, 31, 66 securities licenses, and her 2-15 Life, Health, Annuity and Long Term Care Insurance licenses. She is licensed in 25 U.S. States.  Isabelle lives in Sarasota with her husband David. They enjoy traveling together and spending time with their family. Isabelle is involved with 2 local Children’s Non-profit Organizations.